DPD’S Bait Car Unit Sees It’s Highest Arrest Rate Since 2015


The Dallas Police Department’s Mobile Surveillance Unit finished out 2019 with 192 bait car activations that yielded 217 arrests for the year. The numbers are the highest since 2015.

“The Mobile Surveillance Unit expanded in early September of this year and has seen great success since adding more members to the squad and centralizing the program,” said Emily Davis, Dallas Police Department’s Mobile Surveillance Unit Manager. “We expect more of the same in 2020.”

In 2015, 384 arrests were made. That number dropped to 213 in 2016. It declined even more in 2017 to 99 arrests. However, the unit saw a resurgence of nearly 118% for 2018, ending the year with 216 arrests.

Davis said there’s no question that the numbers being produced are due to the expansion of the program and its officers. Another factor to consider is the unit’s collaborative efforts with other units when it comes to surveillance operations. Members of the unit have worked hard to spread the word about the cars’ capabilities and usage.

Now that officers in the unit are more centralized, they can target high crime areas more efficiently and utilize the vehicles and trackers more broadly throughout the department. The unit plans to continue expanding, optimistically looking for more success than in years past.



DPD and DCSO Catch Suspect On The Run

On June 29th, Southwest Deployment officers along with the assistance of  Denton County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO), were able to capture suspect Lonnie Brown, B/M/20, who had been on the run for various outstanding warrants.  The 20 year old suspect fled the Dallas area and went to Oklahoma when he noticed he was wanted for questioning on an Aggravated Robbery that had occurred on Hampton Road in March of 2016.  

Detectives were contacted by a cooperating citizen and revealed that suspect Brown was back from Oklahoma and was staying  in Lakewood Village, Texas. DPD and DCSO worked together to capture suspect Brown and  transported him to Dallas Police’s Crime Against Persons Division for interview where he placed himself at the Aggravated Robbery offense that occurred in our  Southwest Division.   Suspect Brown was transported to Lew Sterrett Jail.  Suspect Brown was also wanted for an additional Aggravated Robbery (072583-2016), a Burglary of a Motor Vehicle (041998-2016), Burglary of a Habitation (016328-2015), Probation Violation for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (F15-56967U), and Probation Violation for Possession of Marijuana 4oz-5lbs (F15-54757U).  

Our Crime Against Persons Division will continue the investigation to determine if Suspect Brown will be charged with an additional Aggravated Robbery offense. 



Help Identify This Car Thief

auumvThe Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect involved in an Unauthorized Use of A Motor Vehicle offense.

On December 7, 2015, a White male entered the pedestrian gate at the Phoenix Midtown apartments located at 5555 East Mockingbird Lane.  Once inside, the suspect found keys that the victim accidentally left  in her apartment door when she was bringing items into her apartment.  The suspect retrieved the keys from the door which had the victims car keys and car alarm fob attached. The suspect went to the parking garage punching the key fob until the victims 2013 Cadillac lit up. The suspect entered the victim’s vehicle and drove away.  The  surveillance video shows the suspect when he was at the pedestrian gate. This offense is documented on case number 283998-2015.

Anyone with information about this crime or the identity of this suspect should contact Detective Mark Brown at 214-671-3527.  Please watch the posted video of this suspect.